WENATCHEE-The attorney for the man accused in the cold case murder of a Cashmere man contends Chelan County Sheriff’s Department botched the investigation and is now asking the court to dismiss the case.
Cold Case Reopened
Bernard Swaim is accused along with his former wife, Dawn Soles, of murdering Steven Smith in 1982. Smith had been reported missing but his body was never found. The case went cold until late 2016 when Smith’s disappearance was assigned to detectives for further investigation.
Swaim was identified then as a person of interest based upon interviews with multiple people including Smith’s family members and witnesses. Swaim pleaded not guilty and his trial is set for August 22nd.
July 25th Hearing Set
His attorney, Nick Yedinak has filed a motion to dismiss the charges arguing that the County’s decision to delay charges for 34 years, and their mishandling of evidence over that time, caused prejudice to his client so that he can no longer receive a fair trial. A July 25th hearing in the matter has been set in Chelan County Superior Court.
Click on the link below for the PDF document of the defense memorandum supporting Swaim’s motion to dismiss: